I started drawing before I went to primary school and have created artworks since. In 1997, when I was 19, I became a student of the Plymouth based painter Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002). He taught me a great deal about painting, more than any college or art school I have attended. I have an A-Level in art and a Diploma in Drawing and painting but I don't see these as very important as the work that I do on my own speaks for itself. Qualifications have never meant anything to me, I have known people with degrees in painting who can't paint very well, they have just fulfilled the syllabus on a course. I have never been able to afford to go to university, especially now, and I am glad I didn't as I don't have a debt the size of a mortgage hanging over my head.
I specialize in observational painting, especially portraits, but I am proficient in many style of drawing and painting. I rarely use photos for portraits but prefer a live model as it is much more of a challenge. I can copy photos but prefer to paint and draw from observation of reality, recording a retinal experience.